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Review and Giveaway: Project Duchess by @SabrinaJeffries @KensingtonBooks @hfvbt

Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries Publication Date: June 25, 2019 Zebra eBook & Paperback; 352 Pages Series: Duke Dynasty, Book 1 Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries comes a sparkling new series about an oft-widowed mother’s grown children, who blaze through society in their quest for the truth about their fathers . . . and in the process find that love just might conquer all . . .

A series of stepfathers and a difficult childhood have left Fletcher “Grey” Pryde, 5th Duke of Greycourt, with a guarded heart, enviable wealth, and the undeserved reputation of a rogue. Grey’s focus on expanding his dukedom allows him little time to find a wife. But when his mother is widowed yet again and he meets the charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfather’s funeral, he’s shocked to discover how much they have in common. Still, Grey isn’t interested in love, no matter how pretty, or delightfully outspoken, the lady . . .


A new school doesn't always mean new friends: Week 10 of Sync's Summer of #Audiobooks

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by Meg Medina | Read by Roxanne Hernandez Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
"Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.” That’s what some girl tells Piddy Sanchez one morning before school. Too bad Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui Delgado is, let alone what she’s done to piss her off. All Piddy knows is that Yaqui hates her—and she better watch her back because Yaqui isn’t kidding around. At first Piddy just focuses on trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is th…

A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman Excerpt and Giveaway @Difreeman001 @KensingtonBooks @hfvbt

A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman Publication Date: June 25, 2019 Kensington Publishing Hardcover, eBook, AudioBook Genre: Historical Mystery

How far will some go to safeguard a secret? In the latest novel in Dianne Freeman’s witty and delightful historical mystery series, the adventurous Countess Harleigh finds out...

Though American by birth, Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy. On August twelfth each year, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. Frances has little interest in hunting—for birds or a second husband—and is expecting to spend a quiet few months in London with her almost-engaged sister, Lily, until the throng returns.

Instead, she’s immersed in a shocking mystery when a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered. Frances had hoped Mary might make a suitable bride for…

Audiobook Review: Murder on Thames Cherringham.

Murder on Thames Cherringham. A Cosy Crime Series - Mystery Shorts 1 By: Neil Richards, Matthew Costello Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon Published August 29th 2016 by Lübbe Audio Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins 9781982558468

Summary Cherringham-a quiet town in the Cotswolds. Nothing ever happens there, or so it seems-until one morning a woman's body is found in the river. A terrible accident, according to the police. But is this true? Sarah believes there must be more to it. In Jack, a former NYPD homicide detective, she finds a partner who is willing to start investigating with her. They soon find out that things are not as clear as the police want them to be ... This first of many cases brings Sarah and Jack together in an unlikely partnership.
Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, this cozy detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly-but with a spot of tea-it's like Rosamunde Pilcher …

Twice-told tales: Week 9 of Sync's Summer of #Audiobooks

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by Lorie Langdon | Read by Pearl Hewitt Published by Black Hills Audiobooks
Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she’s taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can't seem to escape her past…or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrape to survive. Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London's East End to become the adopted "nephew" of a society matron. Little does s…

Audiobook Review: Shadowsong

Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones Narrated by Eva Kaminsky  10 hours and 38 minutes Published December 20, 2018 by Recorded Books B07LGCNLY3

Summary Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her. 
When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a r…

LACEWOOD By Jessica James #Lacewood #JessicaJames #Giveaway #BookBlast #HFVBTBlogTours

Lacewood by Jessica James Publication Date: June 18, 2019 Patriot Press eBook; 348 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction

Sometimes love is just too powerful for one lifetime…

Part love story, part ghost story, Lacewood is a timeless novel about trusting in fate, letting go of the past, and believing in things that can’t be seen.

MOVING TO A SMALL TOWN in Virginia is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across an abandoned 200-year-old mansion, she’s enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning.

Purchasing the property on a whim, Katie attempts to fit in with the colorful characters in the town of New Hope, while trying to unravel the mystery of the “widow of Lacewood.” As she pieces together the previous owner’s heartrending story, Katie uncovers secrets the house has held for centuries, and discovers the key to coming to terms with her own sense of loss.

The past and present conver…

Review: Realm by Alexandrea Weis

Realm by Alexandrea Weis Paperback, 397 pages Published May 14th 2019 by Vesuvian Books 9781944109486)
Summary Based on a true story.
When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.
Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide.
Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.
However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will sea…

Review: Stoker's Wilde

Stoker's Wilde by Steven Hopstaken,  Melissa Prusi Hardcover, 256 pages Published May 9th 2019 by Flame Tree Press 9781787581739
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for review. It has in no way influenced my opinion. Summary Years before either becomes a literary legend, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde must overcome their disdain for one another to battle the Black Bishop, a mysterious madman wielding supernatural forces to bend the British Empire to his will. With the help of a European vampire expert, a spirited actress and an American businessman, our heroes fight werewolves, vampires and the chains of Victorian morality. The action will take them to dark forests in Ireland, through the upper-class London theater world and culminates in an exciting showdown at Stonehenge, where Bram and Oscar must stop a vampire cult from opening the gates of Hell. 
My Thoughts Where did Bram Stoker get the idea for Dracula? Where did Oscar Wilde get his inspiration for The Picture of Dor…

Mysteries are revealed—both psychological and physical: Week 8 of Sync's Summer of #Audiobooks

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by Ursula Dubosarsky | Read by Kate Rudd Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
There were only eleven of them, like eleven sisters all the same age in a large family.... On the television news they heard gunfire and the sound of helicopter blades and bombs falling. The little girls hung on to the brink of a hugeness that they knew was there but had no way of discovering. The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip. Who was the mysterious poet they met in t…

Of Knights and Dogfights Book Blast and Giveaway #OfKnightsandDogfights #EllieMidwood #BookBlast #HFVBTBlogTours

Of Knights and Dogfights: A WWII Novel by Ellie Midwood Publication Date: January 4, 2019 eBook & Paperback; 426 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction

“Has it ever occurred to you, Johann; the fact that we’re fighting on the wrong side?”

Austria, 1938

On the verge of the most devastating war of all times, four young men found themselves sharing a room in a flying school dormitory. A bohemian Berliner, a Flieger-Hitlerjugend member, a prodigy pilot, and a butcher’s son, with nothing in common but their love for the Luftwaffe and the freedom the sky has to offer. The bond they develop is put to the test by what might be a stronger adversary - war itself. Over the English Channel, in the dusty skies of Africa, on the brutal Eastern front, they will discover where their loyalty lies, and what true bravery means.

“It’s Großdeutsches Reich, soldier. When one has a family at home, it doesn’t leave him many chances for the revolt.”

As the war progresses, Willi and Johann grow more and more dis…

Audiobook Review: Things My Son Needs To Know About The World

Things My Son Needs to Know about the World by Fredrik Backman Narrated by Santino Fontana Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins 256 pages Published May 7th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio   (ISBN13: 9781508258698)
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review. Summary The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove shares an irresistible and moving collection of heartfelt, humorous essays about fatherhood, providing his newborn son with the perspective and tools he’ll need to make his way in the world. 
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.
As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the “firsts” that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn’t shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinit…